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Free IDS Developer Version - A nightmare for other data servers ?

Free IDS Developer Version - A nightmare for other data servers ?

Update 2007-11-07 - Ready for Download

As Fernando Nunes announced in his blog, the new IDS Developer Edition is now available. You can download it from the following URL:

http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/download/search.jsp?go=y&rs=ifxids


We've been waiting for it a long long time, but now a Free IDS Developer Version will soon be downloadable from the following website:

According to information from IBM the download is planned to be available next week at Oct 31th. The Halloween night is a perfect release date for the free IDS Developer Edition. Developers have now direct access to IBM's most powerful data server that provides superior extensibility combined with incredible scalability as a highly optimized cluster database. I guess the release date will be a nightmare for some other data servers because developers can now test and decide which engine is actually the best one to serve their applications. No doubt that IDS will make the race !!

This also shows that IBM has responded to the demand of the market. Visitors of The Informix Zone have clearly articulated in a past poll that a free IDS version is mandatory:

The free IDS version is only for development purposes and not for deployment in production environments. There are some limitations in this free IDS version:

  • 1 CPU VP
  • 1 GB of memory
  • 8 GB total disk space
  • 20 concurrent connections

However the good thing is that all features are included. That means that the full MACH 11 cluster replication technology is available as well as the powerful datablade extensibility technology. And the free edition will be available on a broad range of platforms including:

  • IBM AIX® Power PC® 64-bit
  • Hewlett-Packard HP-UX PA-RISC 64-bit
  • Hewlett-Packard HP-UX Itanium® 64-bit
  • Linux® Intel® 32-bit
  • Linux Intel AMD 64-bit
  • Sun Solaris SPARC 64-bit
  • Sun Solaris AMD64/Opteron
  • Windows® 2003 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows XP 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows Vista (except Home Edition) 32-bit and 64-bit

There is also a MAC port of IDS currently under development at IBM. So the list of platforms for the free IDS Developer Edition will be further enhanced. That gives developers the freedom of choice they need. Most other offerings are limited to the Windows and Linux platforms. IDS leaves it to the Application Developer which platform they prefer.

There is also a new IBM website online now that covers a broad range of themes regarding application development with IDS:

For your convenience I've include the links to the two new IBM websites (IDS Developer Edition and IDS Application Development) as primary links at the top of The Informix Zone website above the search box.

Download, install and test the free IDS Developer Edition and build your own opinion which data server is optimal suited for you application. You will be suprised !!

The Informix Zone will inform you as soon as the free IDS Developer Edition is ready for download.

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